Originally posted by mkgandhas
Good,another american junk craft brought down by the will of God.
If it's the will of God that "another American junk craft was brought down" what does that say about the Indian Air Force, and how they
pissed God off?
Since 1966 or so, the Indian Air Force has bought 872 MiG aircraft (mostly MiG-21s) and lost most of them to accidents, along with over 200 casualties
(ground and crew). The MiG-27 recently underwent a four month grounding, after having a number of accidents, and within a month of them being allowed
to fly again, they lost another one.
Of the 872 bought since 1966, 482 have crashed, resulting in the deaths of 171 pilots, 39 civilians, 8 service personnel, and 1 aircrew.
NEW DELHI: The MiG fighters may have performed a stellar role ever since their induction began in the early 1960s - with the MiG-21s even being
the first supersonic jets to be flown by IAF pilots - but their high crash rate has seriously dented their track record over the years.
This came through once again on Wednesday, when defence minister A K Antony told Rajya Sabha that 482 of the 872 Russian-origin MiGs procured since
1966 had crashed from 1971-72 onwards. "A total of 171 pilots, 39 civilians, eight service personnel and one aircrew lost their lives in these
accidents. The causes of accidents were both human error and technical defects," he said.
The Indian MiG era, however, is not going to end anytime soon. While IAF has progressively phased out the older MiG-21 interceptors, ground attack
MiG-23s and high-altitude strategic reconnaissance MiG-25s, it will be forced to fly the upgraded MiG-21 "Bisons" and medium-range strike MiG-27s
till at least 2017 due to continuing depletion in the number of fighter squadrons.
All MiG aircraft bought before the 1990s are being retired, this includes all but 67 MiG-29s as well as the MiG-21, which will be kept in service with
the MiG-21bis variant.
The F-22 (which is new, and is having teething problems with the RAM, and stupid things like not having a valve installed in the brakes that would let
them actually, I don't know, STOP before they rammed that Canadian F/A-18 parked in front of the F-22 spot), has an accident rate of 6/100,000 flight
hours, and dropping as more flights are being flown. They shouldn't have even hit 100,000 hours yet. The F-15/16 fleet has a rate of 3-4/100,000,
the B-1 is at 3.48/100,000, the B-52 (which the newest ones are SIXTY
this year) has an astounding 1.5/100,000. NATO has an average of
4-5/100,000. The MiG-21 alone in Indian service has a 6-7/100,000. At one point during the Cold War, the USAF had a number of Russian aircraft that
they flew, and despite their best efforts, had a staggering 100/100,000 accident rate.